Emily Blunt Teases The Silent Nightmare That Will Be A Quiet Place 2
When it comes to horror films, A Quiet Place knocks it out of the park. As well as delivering nail-biting suspense that will see you cowering behind your family-sized bucket of popcorn, Krasinski made his directorial debut with a film that was inherently about family. Naturally, he had his wife and talented actor Emily Blunt, co-star as, well, his wife.
The film tells the story of an isolated family of four that must live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound. Taking to Instagram, Krasinksi revealed that he would return to direct the untitled sequel to the hit film. His post was captioned, “...time to go back. #PartII 5-15-20”; and sat alongside an image of the red lights that became synonymous with the alien threats in the first movie.
A Quiet Place grossed $340 million at the global box office in 2018. Since then, the film has gone on to win several awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Blunt in the supporting actress category. Krasinski, who wrote the screenplay alongside Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, also received a Writers Guild nomination in the original category.
Whilst speculation always pinned Krasinski to return as director, it wasn’t known who would return in the cast. Now, we can say that Emily Blunt and young actors Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds - who played the pair's kids - will be back, thanks to a newly released teaser trailer.
The trailer depicts Emily Blunt’s Evelyn treading lightly through the woods with her two children following closely behind. As fans have bee quick to note, the sequel keeps in continuity with the first film as Evelyn, who sustained a heel injury after standing on a nail, now has a bandaged wrapped around her foot.
While the trailer doesn’t give away any clues as to where the family is headed in the post-apocalyptic world, it’s with great anticipation that we await the full trailer release on New Year’s Day. With the full cast reported to include Peaky Blinders’ Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou, it looks like this will be an even bigger spectacle than the first.
Interviewed in 2018 on The Ringer podcast, director John Krasinski said about the upcoming film: “Most sequels are about a villain returning or a hero returning, and you have to build this entire world around just the idea that I have a hero or a villain. That’s a lot, and I think that’s where a lot of sequels go wrong, because as much as you love that hero or villain, the entire thing is fabricated just to make that person work.”
“[With A Quiet Place 2] we have the world,” Krasinski added. “So it’s actually the world that’s built, it’s the idea that the rest of the world is going through this exact same experience. Are there other people that have to survive like this? It’s that idea of living through the set of circumstances, not again in the same way obviously, but exploring it more. You only got to do it intimately for a small amount of time, so what happens next?”
Given that the original ended with Blunt and her family, including a newborn, having to make a new life for themselves in the wake of a character’s death, there are a number of directions this could go – all of which make for one very suspenseful flick.
One thing seems certain: the sequel will be a lot bigger. Screenwriter Bryan Woods told Movie Web in March that cost was a concern for A Quiet Place. The budget and scale had to stay small, but considering the film’s global success, there’s a strong likelihood that audiences will be treated to something larger-scale and more ambitious.
“We have so many scary ideas that just didn’t even make it into the final script [of A Quiet Place], let alone the final movie, but just written, we would love to see this sequence,” Woods said. “Some sequences that were just quite frankly too expensive to even do in this movie.”
The film is slated to be released on 15 May, 2020 and if the first one was anything to go by, it’s sure to be a blockbuster in the horror-movie category.